STORY: "The U.N. is pursuing all efforts to allow for a positive outcome on Russian ammonia exports to international markets," said senior U.N. trade official Rebeca Grynspan, who leads the facilitation of Russian food and fertilizer exports.
She declined to comment on the specifics of the deal and said it was "too early to say" how close an agreement was. Grynspan said food and fertilizer was being exported from Russian ports.
Ukraine and Russia are both major global grain and fertilizer exporters. The United Nations said the agreement on Russian and Ukrainian exports is needed to tackle a global food crisis that it said had been worsened by Russia's war in Ukraine.
An ammonia deal would give Russia more of a reason to stick to the Ukrainian Black Sea export deal. Russia and Ukraine declined immediate comment on the discussions.